Category Archives: Light

Working your Options

One of the biggest challenges facing photographers is finding new and different ways to make pictures. That’s especially true when shooting something you’ve shot before. Which means it’s time to think through your options. For the last eight years I’ve spent the beginning of December in Colorado doing photography for Disabled...
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Re-thinking ISO

In the days of film, we shot low ASA’s to minimize grain. With digital, we learned that raising ISO (the term that replaced ASA) resulted in more visible noise and loss of color saturation, so we stayed away from that too. But with today’s cameras, sensors and processing, it’s time...
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LED Lighting for Stills

My education in lighting began back in 1980 with a pair of what we called “hot lights” (Lowell Tota-lights). Designed for TV location lighting, in addition to being bulky and putting out a lot of heat, they also regularly blew fuses in people’s homes. Fun times! Their strength was in being...
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Moments from a Workshop – Iceland

If you’ve ever been to Iceland, you know that its name is misleading. Yes there’s some ice, but in summer it’s a landscaper’s dream. Jagged mountains, lush fields, waterfalls, geysers and hot springs, fjords, glaciers, icebergs, ocean – an incredible diversity of environments spread over a relatively small area. While the...
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Photographing the Northern California Coast

If you’ve ever driven the California coast, you understand why it’s so popular with poets and songwriters. Highway 1, south of San Francisco and through Big Sur, must be one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. What makes it so attractive? It’s rough, with lots of rock and...
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